Jonathan Schoop
Orioles' Jonathan Schoop: Avoids arbitration
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL
1/13/2017
News: Schoop agreed to a one-year, $3.475 million deal with the Orioles on Friday, avoiding arbitration, PressBoxonline.com's Rich Dubroff reports.

He is coming off a year where he posted career highs in home runs (25), runs (82) and RBI (82), thanks largely to playing in all 162 games. Schoop has become a pretty solid bet for three-category production, and he has gotten his strikeout rate to a manageable place (21.2 percent last year), so he is no longer a major batting average risk.

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Danny Espinosa
Angels' Danny Espinosa: Signs one-year deal with Angels, avoiding arbitration
Danny Espinosa, 2B, LAA
1/12/2017
News: Espinosa agreed to a one-year, $5.425 million contract with the Angels on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The former Washington National will see close to a $3 million pay raise with his new club in 2017. Espinosa had a disappointing final season with the Nationals, slashing .209/.306/.378 with 174 strikeouts. He did, however, mash 24 home runs and drove in 72 runs. Espinosa figures to be the Angels' primary second baseman, which is a position that the club struggled to find production from last year.

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Darwin Barney
Blue Jays' Darwin Barney: Avoids arbitration with one-year deal
Darwin Barney, 2B, TOR
1/12/2017
News: Barney inked a one-year, $2.8875 million contract with the Blue Jays on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports reports.

Barney has secured a hefty pay raise from the $1 million contract he was offered last season thanks to a .269/.322/.373 batting line while serving as a utility player for the club last season. It will probably be a similar campaign for the veteran in 2017 and he will enter the season with eligibility at second base, third base and shortstop in most standard leagues.

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Yoan Moncada
White Sox's Yoan Moncada: White Sox get first look
Yoan Moncada, 2B, CHW
1/12/2017
News: Moncada is taking part in a minicamp this week in Arizona, as the White Sox got their first look at the centerpiece of the Chris Sale trade.

Moncada, considered to the top prospect overall, showed off his bat while impressing Chicago's director of player development Chris Getz. "He's built like a powerful athlete. Him being a switch-hitter, having power, having ability to hit, it seems like there's unlimited potential there," said Getz. At the time of Moncada's acquisition, White Sox general manager Rich Hahn said they don't plan to rush their stop prospects to the majors, so we're expecting Moncada to open the year at Triple-A Charlotte. While he offers great upside, Moncada's strikeout rate spiked when he was promoted to Double-A last year, and he struck out in his final nine at-bats after Boston brought him up in September.

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Dustin Pedroia
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: No rehab issues
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
12/27/2016
News: Pedroia has made good progress in his rehabilitation from offseason knee surgery, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports.

Pedroia, who reversed a trend of declining hitting numbers in 2016, and is expected to be ready for spring training, telling reporters in a text, "I'll be ready, don't you worry."

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Ryan Goins
Blue Jays' Ryan Goins: Out of options heading into 2017
Ryan Goins, 2B, TOR
12/16/2016
News: Goins, who lost his utility-infielder role to Darwin Barney last season, will begin working in the outfield to increase his chance of making the 2017 roster, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

Barring injuries, the Jays starting infield is locked in, and Barney, who had an outstanding 2016 campaign, can fill in at shortstop, second and third base whenever needed. Goins is out of minor league options, meaning the 28-year-old will be waived if he doesn't remain on the 25-man roster or DL for the duration of 2017. After playing 128 games in 2015, Goins was awful for the Jays in 2016 before suffering a forearm injury and spending most of the second half in the minors. His fantasy value is tied to his extended positional eligibility, but (assuming he makes the 25-man roster) Goins is best-suited for deeper leagues.

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Ryan Brett
Rays' Ryan Brett: Signs minor league deal with Rays
Ryan Brett, 2B, TB
12/14/2016
News: Brett (elbow) signed a minor league deal with the Rays on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.

Brett was an interesting second base prospect a few years ago, showcasing a potentially plus hit tool. However, injuries have derailed his career since then, most recently missing all of 2016 with an elbow injury. At 25 years old, he could still make some noise, but the odds are against it.

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Omar Infante
Tigers' Omar Infante: Returns to Tigers on NRI deal
Omar Infante, 2B, DET
12/9/2016
News: Infante has signed a minor league contract with the Tigers that includes an invite to spring training.

He will return to the organization with whom he's spent the majority of his 15-year major league career; the one that signed him as an amateur free agent in 1999. Infante began 2016 in a starting role with Kansas City, but hit just .239/.279/.321 and was eventually released. The soon-to-be 35-year-old is organizational filler at this point.

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Josh Rutledge
Red Sox's Josh Rutledge: Selected by Red Sox in Rule 5 draft
Josh Rutledge, 2B, BOS
12/8/2016
News: Rutledge was selected by the Red Sox with the 14th pick in the Rule 5 draft Thursday.

Boston is quite familiar with Rutledge, who elected free agency after being outrighted off the Red Sox's 40-man roster at the end of the season, and then signed a minor league deal with the Rockies. After a flurry of moves Wednesday that left Boston awfully thin at the hot corner, they obviously decided Rutledge could help provide some infield depth. If he does not remain on the active roster all season he will be subjected to waivers and offered back to the Rockies.

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Brian Dozier
Twins' Brian Dozier: Feels healthy
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
12/5/2016
News: Dozier (oblique) plans to start taking swings later this month, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports

Dozier took two months off following the end of the regular season in order to allow his oblique injury to heal. The star second baseman's future with the Twins is currently uncertain, as he has been the center of many trade rumors this offseason. It is possible he finds himself in a more advantageous situation next season, but it will be hard for him to improve upon what was likely a career year in 2016.

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